Living & Growing: Why New Year's is my least favorite holiday

It's New Year's - my least favorite holiday next to Sweetest Day. The pressure for profundity is overwhelming, so I celebrate John Denver's birthday because I loved him and he fills me up with joy. Read more

I'd rather cry than judge

There were three things I made Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church aware of before they hired me. 1. I hate Precious Moments statues. Read more

Living & Growing: Knowing when to hold 'em and fold 'em

I teach my children to play poker. I suppose I do it partly so they aren't easy targets as gullible, naive pastor's kids. There's going to be enough therapy involved in that identity already. Read more

Living & Growing: Our oversexed culture

I learned an important lesson the other day: do not discuss full frontal male nudity with your 13-year-old daughter's teacher (especially in front of her). Read more

Wake up

One of the commands that Jesus throws out there but sometimes gets lost in comparison to "love each other" is "wake up!" The call to wake up appears throughout the Gospels. Read more

Living and Growing: Living with 'good bowels and tender hearts'

I've always wanted to cry prettier. I've got the crying thing down; I just want to not look so scary. My nose turns bright red, my face gets splotchy, and snot and tears instantly cascade onto my shirt. I tend to be emotive all the way around. Read more

Tracing history's paper trail

This probably reveals something about my generation, but whenever I come across a mimeographed copy of anything, I immediately place it on my face and breathe deeply. Read more

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